Chicago Bears: Honesty is the buzzword at Halas Hall this week as the Bears prepare for the New York Giants not knowing whether starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is healthy enough to return from a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. Head coach Matt Nagy is comfortable with backup Chase Daniel, who guided Chicago to a win on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit, but the decision on the Bears' starter this week remains up in the air. "We'll continue to take it day by day with him," Nagy said of Trubisky. "He's got to continue to just keep rehabbing it and being honest with the trainers and the trainers being honest with the coaches as to where he's at."
Detroit Lions: Marvin Jones hitting injured reserve on Monday brings attention to the recent performance of wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who is being targeted on 30 percent of the routes he has run in the past two games, according to NFL Next Gen statistics. He caught five passes for 90 yards against the Bears on Thanksgiving Day and narrowly missed a touchdown reception for a sixth grab. ''He comes to work, he runs his tail off, and he tries to make plays as much as he possibly can,'' quarterback Matthew Stafford said. ''He doesn't say much, and those guys with that quiet confidence, I feel good about.''
Green Bay Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said the Packers are counting on help to get into the playoffs. "We need to win these five," Rodgers said. "And we need some help." Rodgers could not identify any singular issue that left Green Bay short on Sunday night against the Vikings after losing in a tight game the previous week at Seattle. "It's just execution," he said. "Guys in the right spot. Me making the right throw. We just weren't on the same page on a few of those."
Minnesota Vikings: Head coach Mike Zimmer made waves Sunday night when he told NBC TV at halftime he planned to go for it rather than leave the game in kicker Dan Bailey's hands against Green Bay. Bailey missed from 48 and 56 yards in the first half against the Packers and made his only try, from 37 yards, in the second half. Bailey has the job now because the Vikings failed to convert three field goals -- all by since-released Daniel Carlson -- against the Packers in Week 2. "Everyone was frustrated because he missed two kicks. Quite honestly, I have a lot of confidence in this kid," Zimmer said of Bailey. "I have a lot of confidence in this kid. Every day in practice he hits them and he has a good demeanor about him."
--Field Level Media
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